who claims that The Daily Show may poison democracy because it may keep youths from the polls (even though young people generally vote less than other age groups anyway). So a study was done having a group of college students watch the corporate CBS evening news which most likely reported what they were told to report and The Daily Show which actually analyzes the news and politician's double speak.
The results showed that the participants rated both candidates more negatively after watching Stewart's program. Participants also expressed less trust in the electoral system and more cynical views of the news media, according to the researchers' article, in the latest issue of American Politics Research.There is SO MUCH WRONG with the above paragraphs because there is no proof and there are no numbers supporting that informed young people would stay away from the polls after watching TDS. And what is wrong with American citizens being less trustful of their government and political candidates? The political candidates in 2005 were jerks. What is wrong with questioning our governments policies? Why, that is quite American. Naturally that scares the powers that be. They expect everyone to quietly take in the ass what they dole out without asking any questions. Now that's unamerican.
"Ultimately, negative perceptions of candidates could have participation implications by keeping more youth from the polls," they wrote.